salicylates are present in barks, but barks also contain glycosides which
are converted by the liver and intestinal tract to other more potent and
long-lasting salicylates. Thus it is impossible to predict how long these
herbal remedies remain active in the body, or to accurately give the salicylate
content of plants. Several studies have been undertaken to try to measure
the salicylate content of foods. There is not one consensus among the
various studies, although certain generalities appear to be true. The
most comprehensive of these studies is the Australian Salicylate Study,
Journal of the American Dietetic Association in 1985 by A. Swain, S. Dutton
and A.S. Truswell. (accessible online)
Besides the natural salicylates, you must also avoid the synthetic sources such as aspirin. Medications are easily identified: if the generic or chemical name of the medication is a salicylate by name then you can't take that drug. An example would be: Pepto Bismol --chemical name bismuth subsalicylate. As soon as you see the salicylate you know you can't use the product.
Topical synthetic salicylates are: salicylate, salicylic acid, octisalate and homosalate. The last two of these ingredients are sunscreens. Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid, so if you see a product with beta hydroxy acid listed, don't use it.
Check any topical products that would contain an acid: exfoliants, dandruff shampoos, acne medications, etc. You can't use any that contain salicylic acid. All other acids are okay to use.
Chemicals need to be looked at quickly. Check them for the tell-tale syllable "SAL." You also can't use the camphor based or menthol derived chemicals so any chemical such as MENTHOL, MENTHYL ARANTHINATE would not be okay. Look for the MEN and CAMPH syllables as well. In sunscreens these include the ingredients Mexoryl and Meradimate.
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